Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Easy Workout Tanks From Old TShirts

on June 9, 2014

This is so easy to do. Converting an old T into a tank top. A great idea to reuse a tshirt that’s become stained under the arms or converting oversize (try the men’s section at the thrift store) Ts into workout tops.

Begin with a well worn tshirt. Lay it out flat.


Lay the tshirt out smooth and flat.

Use an existing tank top as a guide. Lay it on top of your tshirt and mark the cutting line.



There are 2 ways to do the other arm. Method 1: here, I’ve just taken the piece I cut off and flipped it over to the other side and cut.


Cut the other sleeve off.


My thrifted Lucky Brand Jeans tank top. Love this colour for summer!

I cut the bottom of this tshirt into strips, then pulled each strip until it started to curl.


Cut and tug at the strips until they curl.

Method 2 for cutting: cut one sleeve, then fold the T in half and cut the other sleeve off.


Cut one sleeve off, fold and cut other side.

Easily turned into a racer back. Take part of the fabric you cut from the sleeve and cut into a strip to use to tie the back into a racer back.


Strip used to tie the tank into a racer back.

That’s it! So simple. No pics of me wearing any of these as it rained all day and I couldn’t go cycling but these are great for when it gets too hot, even if they’re not for working out. I’ll wear something like this any day for gardening or work around the house. I feel very restricted in tshirts during the hot months. I live in sleeveless.


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